Ancestral Town in the Russian Empire? #russia #france

Richard Cooper

  This is the French naturalisation of my great-grand-uncle Joseph MATELEVITCH. I can read everything except the name of the town where his father was born in 1804 (bottom right). It looks like NARODNE but there is no such place. He was a cantonist in the Czarist Army. Please help!
 It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much!

Ric Cooper
Midhurst, UK

Re: Reclaim The Records is going after EVERY SINGLE DIGITIZED RECORD at the New York City Municipal Archives, to put them all online, for free public use #usa #records

Jx. Gx.

That's wonderful news! I hope your FOIL extends to those people at the NYC Health Department, Vital Records section.  They have been so difficult to deal with.

You will be receiving a donation from me before the end of the year.

Jeff Gee

Translation help #poland #translation


Subj: ViewMate translation request - Hebrew
I've posted a vital record for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...

Please can you respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much in advance.
Cindy Caldon

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation #russia #poland

Greg Tuckman

Hello everyone,
I've posted 5 vital records in Russian for which I need translations. They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

1.  Death record of Josef ROZENCWEJG:

2.  Birth record of Symcha Binem ROZENCWEJG:

3.  Death record of Symcha Binem ROZENCWEJG:

4.  Birth record of Szyia LAKS:

5.  Birth record of Moszek Hersz LAKS:

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.
Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names

Renee Klish \(G-Mail\)

Another name for Sally is Saul.  I have one or two in my family.

Renee Klish
Alexandria, VA

Researching:  Redelmeier, Schonland, David families in Thuringen; Simon, Reissner Victor, Meier/Meyer families in Sachsen-Anhalt; Hammerschlag, Lobenstein, Herz, Kugelmann, Schwabe, Thal, Katz families in Hesse; Klyszcz, Kaufmann, Glass, Steinitz, Kleeman, Gruenbaum, Welsch, Lepiorz families in Oberschlesien

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names

Andreas Schwab

Depending of where the father died there might be a gravestone of the father somewhere in Israel or Germany. Jewish granvestone in Germany often have a Hebrew and a German side.
Andrea Schwab, Montreal, Canada

Re: Geni Family Trees #general

E. Randol Schoenberg

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 05:23 AM, N. ARONSON wrote:
In particular what disturbs me is the fact that many people enter someone's wife with the surname of her husband rather than her maiden name. In order to find the maiden name one would have to hoover over her name and find her father's name. Quite annoying. Can the curators do something about that?

How the names are displayed depends on your personal display preferences.  Geni is extremely flexible so it is designed to accommodate all sorts of styles of genealogy.

Under Account Settings, go to Name Preferences.

Randy Schoenberg

Los Angeles, CA

Re: Geni Family Trees #general

E. Randol Schoenberg

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 05:22 AM, Joyaa Antares wrote:

I have taken a look at the page - thanks. 

I can see that there are 115 managers and one curator.

Why is it that under the "sources" tab, no sources are listed? 

Joyaa please look under the Media tab on the Maharal's profile.  There you will find (on the right side) 18 documents.  Click on "View all" and you will find them, including the most recent scholarship at

You can also view the 8 public Discussion on the profile, including this one.

As I have said, and as I know from my own experience 11 years ago, there is a very steep learning curve for Geni.  There's a lot more to it than you will notice when you first come to it, if you are only looking for things you are familiar with from other websites.

Randy Schoenberg

Los Angeles, CA

Re: GenTeam Adds 500,000 New Records Online #announcements #austria-czech #germany #records #slovakia


  Is there any information on what the new 500,000 entries were from?
Larry Bassist
Springville, Utah, USA

Re: searching for parents of Nathan HAASE #general

The Becker's Email

The original death record is on Ancestry World. You should be able to access from many public libraries.  I cannot read the German. Ancestry does have a key to the  lines in the original but that doesn't help w/ the handwriting. Here's the summary:
I also found a record for a Max Haase, son of Nathan and Pauline Haase.  Tramscription below.  Orignial is available.  This is in the in the Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945

 the Berlin, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1955)
Name: Nathan Haase
Age: 73
Birth Date: abt 1839
Death Date: 3 Jan 1912
Civil Registration Office: Charlottenburg I
Death Place: Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland (Germany)
Spouse: Pauline Anker
Certificate Number: 5
Notes: Zurückgeführtes Erstregister
Comments: C
the Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Name: Max Haase
Gender: männlich (Male)
Marriage Age: 28
Event Type: Heirat (Marriage)
Birth Date: 13 Nov 1866
Marriage Date: 20 Aug 1895
Marriage Place: Kulmsee, Preußen (Germany)
Marriage Civil Registration Office: Kulmsee, Krs Thorn
Father: Nathan Haase
Mother: Pauline Haase
Spouse: Helen Selma Wittenberg
Certificate Number: 40

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI

Re: Reclaim The Records is going after EVERY SINGLE DIGITIZED RECORD at the New York City Municipal Archives, to put them all online, for free public use #usa #records

Myrna Waters

How exciting and formidable.  Best of luck with all you do to prevent the unscrupulous from taking advantage.  The information is not theirs to control in this vile manner.  
I'd like to see the same thing happen with the New Jersey archives.  Many families were back and forth between NY & NJ and tracking them is not always easy.  Very few of the NJ archives are online.  
Myrna (Slatnick) Waters

Researching:  SLEPACK (or similar)Belarus/Bialystok area; SLATNICK/SLOTNIK (or similar) Minsk/Puchovichi area of Russia from 1905/1914 to NY & Newark,NJ and Canada;  KURZMANN Jaslo, Poland and Drohobych, Ukraine area (both formerly in what was the Galician area of Austria prior to WWI), KURTZMAN in NY/Bronx and NJ/Newark from 1905/1910, SADOWSKY (or similar) from Belarus area of Russia/Bialystok 19th century to Newark,NJ 1905 or after.

Re: 1940 US Census problem #records #usa

Sherri Bobish

Hi Richard,

Further to what Maryellen said, please post the name you seek on the 1940 census, and also names of wife and children.  Also, circa when they were born, and where they were born, i.e. country, or if born in the U.S., what state.

Hopefully one of us can find your family, or at least give it a good try!


Sherri Bobish

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

"born in Germany and his father's name was "Sally"".

I have been addressed in letters as Herr Brückheimer several times. Men named Salomon in Europe (and some in the US) become Sal and then Sally.

Who else would understand.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Lodz Jewish Society for Orphan Care #poland #lodz #general


Is anyone familiar with the Lodz Jewish Society for Orphan Care Orphanage? My great Aunt, Dora (Devora) KEILES, KEJLES worked there for many years before immigrating to Palestine. I have a picture of the workers/orphans and letters from Dora that mentions what she did there and names of others. I am interested in it's history or if anyone else had relatives who worked or lived there (from 1914-1924).

Rachel Keiles Kessler Park

Vilnius - Keiles, Giguzin, Tobias, Tsigar; Lodz - Keiles; Warsaw - Keiles, Jochwed; Poltava - Nagin(sky), Dubin(sky)

Re: Excellent lecture series from The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre #holocaust

Sherri Bobish

I want to second Ellen's recommendation of The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre at The University of Huddersfield.  I saw an excellent talk recently, and agree that more people should be aware of these offerings.

Thank you to Michael for first bringing this to the attention of us 'Genners.


Sherri Bobish

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names


Hallo David

My grandpa's first name was Solomon, the English version of Shlomo in Hebrew.  .  

However, friends and family always called him Sally.  The friends & family were all mother tongue German speakers.  

I hope this will be helpful for you.

Malka Flekier
London, UK

Rothenberg family tree #general

Hank Lobbenberg

Can someone please post a link to a Rothenberg family tree. My second great grandmother was Lina Rothenberg b. 1847 and d. 1932. I would like to trace her ancestry.

Re: Beth David Cemetery. Elmont, Queens NY #photographs #usa



Bayside Cemetery, where you said your parents are buried, is NOT in Bayside.  It is in Ozone Park Queens. lists over 100 Franks in Bayside Cemetery.  Bayside is owned by Congregation Shaare Zedek in Manhattan, which has been cleaning-up the cemetery in the recent past.  You can email or call them.  Perhaps they can give you the locations and tombstone photos.

Good luck!

Mark Weinberg
Wilmington, DE

Re: Geni Family Trees #general

George Muenz

Randy, you and the other volunteers/curators do beyond amazing work. What you do has given us whose families were destroyed and who knew nothing of our families a connection to our family and our history. Geni set me on the path from knowing NOTHING at all, not even that my late Mother had 3 brothers and a sister, my Grandparents names, etc, to connecting/meeting with family I did not know existed in Israel, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Argentina, and the USA. Kol Hakavod!!!
George (Naftali) Muenz
Vancouver, Canada

Re: The Hebrew equivalent of the German male name Sally #germany #names

Neil Kominsky

Sally in German use, is, I think, a shortening of Salomon; the anticipatable Hebrew would be Shlomo.


Neil Kominsky
Brookline, MA

researching Blitstein (Vitebsk), Rothstein (Obruch?), Samson (Iasi), Chalit (Odessa), Kominsky (Aleksandriya, Ukraine), Medvedovsky (Nikolaev, Ukraine), Frank (Altenschoenbach, Lower Franconia), Rosenbaum (Kunreuth, Bavaria), Pentlarz/ Pentlarge (Hostacov, Bohemia), Kleemann (Werneck, Bavaria), May (Wolfisheim, Alsace)



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